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Event Flash Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain
State MINNESOTA
County/Area TODD
WFO MPX
Begin Date 07/14/2009 16:45:00 CST-6
Begin Range 1
Begin Azimuth NW
Begin Location STAPLES
Begin Lat/Lon 46.36/-94.8
End Date 07/14/2009 18:30:00 CST-6
End Range 2
End Azimuth W
End Location STAPLES
End Lat/Lon 46.35/-94.81
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 25.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A strong cold front, deep moisture and a high shear environment led to severe weather across portions of central Minnesota late Tuesday afternoon and evening of July 14th. Several individual storms developed across west central Minnesota and moved quickly northeast and spawned three tornadoes near Swift Falls, Elrosa and Spicer, Minnesota. In addition, several strong thunderstorms tracked across northern Todd and far northwestern Morrison County where two to four inches of rain fell in a short period of time. Due to the highly moist environment, and high rainfall rates, several areas of urban flooding was reported. One was in the community of Staples, and another was in St. Cloud.
Event Narrative Several thunderstorm complexes moved through northern Todd and northwestern Morrison Counties where locally four to six inches of rain fell in less than two hours. Due to poor drainage and the excessive rainfall, flash flooding developed in the town of Staples where evacuation occurred in homes on 5th street, and power was shut off to Staples High Rise Apartments on 4th street due to the high water.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 785.00K 100.00K
SWIFT FALLS SWIFT CO. MN 07/14/2009 15:21 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 250.00K 50.00K
GILCHRIST POPE CO. MN 07/14/2009 15:30 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 250.00K 50.00K
SPICER KANDIYOHI CO. MN 07/14/2009 15:41 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
SPICER KANDIYOHI CO. MN 07/14/2009 15:53 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 87 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PADUA STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:02 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PADUA STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:02 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELROSA STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:07 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EVANSVILLE DOUGLAS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:08 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STAPLES TODD CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
COLD SPG STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 16:52 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ST CLOUD STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:23 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHITNEY MEML ARPT STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:25 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ST CLOUD STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUELM BENTON CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:35 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELMDALE MORRISON CO. MN 07/14/2009 17:59 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ST JOSEPH STEARNS CO. MN 07/14/2009 18:15 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SAUK RAPIDS BENTON CO. MN 07/14/2009 18:31 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 785.00K 100.00K